BY: Lambert Atsivor | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Volta Regional Police Command has announced the arrest of some four persons for their alleged involvement in the gruesome killing of Marcus Mawutor Adzahli, a popular businessman and the Assembly member for Sogakope South Electoral Area in the South Tongu District.
The suspects, whose details have not been provided, according to a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Regional Police Command on Sunday, Corporal Prince Dogbatse, said they were assisting in further investigations and would be put before court soon.
“The police is working assiduously in partnership with all relevant stakeholders to arrest anyone involved in the killing of the assemblyman and also calls on the public for support,” the statement assured.
The release also confirmed the arrest of two Police officers at the Sogakope Police station over a missing service riffle but denied their connection with the killing of the Assembly man.
According to the statement, investigations so far did not suggest any link betwen the missing riffle, which occurred on Saturday, March 7, 2020 and the gruesome murder incident of Sunday, March 1, 2020.
“This is only an unfortunate coincidence, and the command is resolved to get to the bottom of it,” the release stated and called for circumspection on the part of the media, as the command expresses commitment towards reviewing operational and administrative protocols at the Sogakope Police station.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Sogakope residents on Saturday evening held a candle light vigil at the home of the slain Assembly man, to observe the one week of his killing.
Clad in red and black attires with candle lights, the mourners walked through the streets of Sogakope singing dirges before converging the deceased’s residence, where he and his family brutally attacked by unknown gunmen, leading to his untimely death.
The incident sparked a 2-Day massive protest by residents, who attacked the Police station and also blocked the Accra-Aflao transnational highway.
It took the intervention of a joint security team, including the military to restore calm to the area.
Several personalities, such the Volta Regional minister, the Volta MPs caucus in parliament, and just this weekend, the flagbearer of NDC, Ex President John Mahama, visited the area to call for calm and also commiserate with the bereaved family.
A host of institutions and individuals, including the South Tongu District Assembly, the Volta MPs caucus and former President J.J. Rawlings, announced various sums of money, totaling over Ghc60,000 as a bounty on the head of the killers.